You will not be able to eliminate all forklifts. However, forklift usage can be limited to appropriate zones like shipping
and receiving and to the perimeter of
the factory floor.
6. How long of a train can the tug-
The length of the train depends on
aisle widths, plant size, size and type
of carts, tug capacity, and safety regulations in the plant. For deliveries in
assembly plants, trains of two or three
carts are typical. If properly sequenced
in a last-in, first-out order, longer trains
of six to eight carts can be assembled,
provided the tug has adequate capacity, the aisles are large enough, and
cart steering is modified to handle
turning (see Figure 3). In warehouses,
trains are often six to eight units long,
especially when carts are used just to
transport material to and from the dock
or sorting and put-away locations.
7. What variables determine
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which types of carts and configura-
tions to use?
The type of cart that you choose depends on the weight, size, and shape
of your product and load, plant configuration, and whether sequencing is
involved (see Figure 4).
8. My picker operator has to load
material from 10 to 15 feet in the air,
which is a safety concern. Can I use a
tug and cart system instead?
No, you really cannot use a cart and
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The most effective green and lean material handling results will be obtained by using a combination of tugs/carts, forklifts, and people all
moving along dedicated paths.